Avital Sharansky was a fearless activist and campaigner for human rights in the time of the Cold War. She led the campaign for the release of her husband, Soviet Refusnik Nathan Sharansky, who is now the head of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
As the Jewish Agency puts it, "For a total of 13 years, Avital left no stone unturned in her campaign from Israel: meeting world leaders, diplomats, politicians, and speaking in front of Jewish audiences worldwide. Avital campaigned successive US Presidents, Congress, British and European political parties, Jewish lobbies, every major Jewish convention in Israel or worldwide, the UN in New York and Geneva (under the terms of the Helsinki Final Act)."
Following her husbands historic release, Avital relocated to Jerusalem where she lives with her family.